January 4th is National Spaghetti Day in the USA. I’ve decided to celebrate it here at Waun Hir Pottery too. Previously I wrote Lasagne for Dinner, today’s Italian classic is spaghetti in the latest in the series pots for food.
The pasta dishes like the one shown here are a favourite at the pottery, available in two sizes to buy online from the Kitchen Pottery shop.
Traditionally most Italian spaghetti was 20″ long – it is still available and occasionally I have made monumental jars thrown in two sections which are later joined to house this most lanky of pastas.
During the second half of the 20th century shorter 10″ spaghetti became prevalent which fits perfectly into my standard spaghetti jar, which too can be bought from the Kitchen Pottery online shop.
Pasta was first worked into long thin strands in Southern Italy in the 12th century, with its popularity spreading throughout Italy and the wider world with the opening of pasta factories during the 19th century. By 1955 Italy produced a staggering 1.4 million tons of spaghetti annually.
This most popular Italian cuisine is accompanied equally well with a simple tomato and basil sauce, Bolognese sauce or carbonara to name but three, with the addition of grated Parmesan cheese – delicious served in one of the pasta dishes made here at the pottery. I definitely feel a spaghetti dinner and a glass of red coming on this evening – won’t you join me?